Lauren Roygardner, PhD is a Senior Research Associate at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families (CCF). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies. She has her PhD in Psychology with a focus on Developmental Psychology and Adolescence along with a Doctoral Certificate in Women & Gender Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her dissertation was entitled: “Embodying Rhythm Nation: Multimodal Hip Hop Dance as a Site for Adolescent Social-Emotional and Political Development”. While at CUNY, she was the recipient of a Writing Fellowship Award from the Institute for Research of the African Diaspora and the Carribbean (IRADAC). She also co-edited the book, See You at the Crossroads: Hip Hop Scholarship at the Intersections – Dialectical Harmony, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Panoply of Voices (Recipient of the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award through the American Education Studies Association).
Lauren is trained as a mixed methods researcher with both quantitative and qualitative experiences and has experience conducting program evaluation and building business intelligence tools. Her research focuses on implementation science, program-evaluation, quality improvement, and social-emotional learning and socio-political development in youth, and the use of contemporary art (i.e. Hip Hop dance) in prevention and intervention.